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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


Edited By Jennifer Ayala, Julio Cammarota, Margarita I. Berta-Ávila, Melissa Rivera, Louie F. Rodríguez and María Elena Torre

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of "achievement" to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about "assimilating" them into mainstream academic frameworks. This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices. The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

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With deep gratitude to our communities of scholars, educators, activists and artists (listed in alphabetical order):

All of those who participated in and shaped the work represented in this collective volume, the youth, educators, and community organizations for your commitment and efforts. We especially want to acknowledge the young people who participated in the PAR projects represented in this book.

Gloria Anzaldúa, for embodying these principles and pioneering the path

Jose Cintron, for convening us and initiating this collective

Michelle Fine, for creating openings for critical possibilities

Patricia Lopez, for providing critical insights along the way

Margarita Machado-Casas, Sarah Bode, and everyone at Peter Lang, for believing in our work and guiding the publication process

NLERAP board, advisory council members, madrinas y padrinos and Grow Your Own tribe, for being the catalyst for our collective and providing us with invaluable wisdom

Sonia Nieto, for affirming our culture, language and lineages in education and writing a beautiful foreword

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